Midterm Recital #1 this Saturday at 4 pm

The Midterm recitals are coming up on October 25th and November 1.  If your child is scheduled to perform should have received an email, but if you have questions please email us at bardprep@bard.edu.  We look forward to hearing the students soon!

October 25:  4 pm in Bito – Conservatory Performance Space

The students that are scheduled to perform are students of:

Cynthia, David, Hiroko, Luba, Lucy, Ryan, Susanne


Nov 1: 3 pm and 4 pm in Bito – Conservatory Performance Space

3 pm Performers will be students of:

Anna, Brian, Nicholas, Shar, Susanne

4 pm Performers will be students of:

Alice, Amy (including chorus), Helena, Malena, Renana, Susanne


Fall Festival Fundraiser NEWS – MATCHING GRANT!! – Tickets On Sale Now! See the Schedule of Events!

Thanks to a Very Generous Prep Family, all Funds Generated by the Fall Fundraiser Will Be MATCHED!  That means your ticket or donation will count TWICE!  Let’s make the most of this very kind donation and help ensure the future of the Preparatory Program!

Fall Fundraising Fest Card

Sunday, November 2nd from 11 am – 2 pm the Bard Preparatory Division will have our 1st Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser in the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard.  It will be a fun event with food and fun activities for parents and kids of all ages.  Tickets are $25 for Adults and $15 for Kids in Advance and $30/$20 at the door.  All proceeds will go to the Bard Prep Scholarship Fund!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!  To purchase tickets send us an email at bardprep@bard.edu, stop by the Prep Office on October 25 or November 1 or buy them at the door on November 2nd.  We hope to see everyone there!

Costumes Welcomed!

Schedule:  11 am – 2 pm – Event

 11 am – Doors Open!

Food and Drinks!

Arts and Crafts Project for Under 5’s

Games and Activities!

Face Painting by a Professional Artist!


Holy Cow Ice Cream Cake!

Oblong Books Gift Certificate!

Candycorn Guessing Game

Book Fair!


11:15 am – Musical Chairs with Live Music from Prep Co-Director Susanne Son!

 12 pm – Square Dancing with Professional Square Dance Instructor and Caller Sandy Corey!

 1:45 pm – Raffle Drawings

Everyone, including Families not currently involved with the Prep Division, are invited.  Please Come and bring as many people as you can to help support our Bard Prep Program!

Thank you to those who have volunteered.  WE STILL NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!  We need help for the following:

Set Up

Ticket Taking/Selling

Food Preparation/Serving

Face Painting

Help with Games and Activities

Clean Up Crew

Please Consider Helping!  Send us an email at bardprep@bard.edu and let us know how you can help or sign up directly HERE.

Thank You and We Look Forward to a Great Event!


HVCMC/Bard Prep Faculty Family Concert, November 8th- Save the Date!

Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Hosts Bard Preparatory Division Faculty and Students in a FREE Family Concert:  Saturday, November 8 at 4 pm:  Bitó Conservatory Performance Space – Performers to include Prep Faculty members Lucy Dhegrae, Luba Poliak, Nicholas Alton Lewis, Brian Krinke, and Susanne Son - Families and Children of all ages are welcome.  Kids sit up close to the musicians for a fun and educational musical experience!  Free apples supplied by Montgomery Orchards.  Mark your calendars and tell your friends!


Upcoming Faculty Performances – The Red Violin, Lucy, Malena, Faculty Recital with Brian

Elizabeth Pitcairn Cynthia Tobey

CYNTHIA TOBEY,  Prep Piano Faculty – and Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn

  • THE RED VIOLIN:  Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and Pianist Cynthia Elise Tobey:  Saturday, November 15 at 8 pm:  Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater at Bard
    Elizabeth Pitcairn performs with the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin. In 1990, Christie’s auctioned the Stradivarius, which is said to have inspired the 1999 Academy Award–winning film,The Red Violin.   PROGRAM:  Schubert: Rondo in B minor for violin and piano, Fauré Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano, Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 9 for violin and piano (“Kreutzer”), World Premiere of Violin & Piano Work TBA by Sara Graef

For TICKETS or more information, call 845-758-7900, email fishercenter@bard.edu, or visit the Fisher Center website.


LUCY DHEGRAE – Prep Voice Faculty

  • Friday, December 5th at 7:30 pm:  Solo Recital at the Third Street Music School, NYC.  Pieces by Susan Botti, Shawn Jaeger (Prep Faculty), Roberto Sierra, and Toshio Hosokawa:  Free Admission, Click Here for More Information.


 MALENA DAYENPrep Voice Faculty

  • Alto Soloist – Messiah (Handel)
    December 14, 2014 – Fairfield County Chorale – Fairfield, CT
    David Rosenmeyer, conductor
  • Featured Soloist – Tango Caliente
    January, 2015  – Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra – Rochester, NY
    Jeff Tyzik, conductor


Bard Prep Faculty Recital:  February 14, 2015 at 4 pm – Bitó Conservatory Performance Space:  Brian Krinke, Violin



Bard Prep Faculty in Action!

Here are some great links to performances, lessons, and cd’s from our teachers so you can see and hear them in action.  (Click on the Links)


Schubert Trout Quintet, mvt. IV – Prep Faculty Members SUSANNE SON, piano and RYAN KAMM with Hye-Jin Kim, Melvin Chen, and Karen Ouzounian



Tchaikovsky Valse Sentimentale

CD: Capriccio - click here for more information or to purchase

Here is a really young Helena having a Viola lesson with Pinchas Zukerman (students take note: he makes her play scales!)



Carmen – Habanera, Seguedille, “En vain pour éviter”

Mozart aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te’

Sera una noche – New Aires Tango



Chopin Nocturne in c# minor

Chopin Waltz in c# minor

Grieg Piano Concerto in a minor  3rd mvt


SHAWN JAEGER – Composer – The Wondering Eyes



Otto Soldan Quartet for One Violin

Ernst Polyphonic Etude #2

Bach Sonata in a minor “Allegro”


NICHOLAS ALTON LEWIS - Clarinet, Saxophone

“Conjure Bearden”

Scriabin Prelude, Op. 16, No. 1 – The BLAK New Blues Ensemble

“Broken Chords”(an improvisation) – The BLAK New Blues Ensemble

CD: Grist for the Mill from “Songs of the Soul”: (Nicholas is on Tracks 19-21)



Debussy L’isle Joyeuse  

Schumann Sonata No.2 in g minor 1st mvt



Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, part 1

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, part 2

CD: Debussy Preludes – click here for more information or to purchase



Haydn B Minor Sonata

Beethoven Emperor Concerto, 3rd mvmt.

Classics on Hudson Concerts – next concert November 22nd

Bard Prep Faculty Violin Teacher Helena Baillie is also one of the Co-Directors of the Classics on Hudson Concert series at the Hudson Opera House.  They have put together a terrific season of concerts.  Check out below for more information.

Saturday November 22, 7pm
Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St, Hudson NY
(518) 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Messiah Sing

Saturday, December 20, 4pm
First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren St, Hudson, NY
(518) 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Gwen Gould, conductor

Messiah Sing is an audience participation performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s great oratorio Messiah with instrumental ensemble and soloists. Listeners are welcome too! Music provided.


Bake Sale and Book Sale!

Another great week at the Bake Sale!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  This week we have a long recital day which means hungry kids and their equally hungry families.  Let’s keep them fed!

October 18th total – $307!!

Please Sign Up Here for October 25th!



Starting Saturday November 1, Prep will feature an ongoing book sale along the usual BAKE SALE.

Along with the Bake Sale, the BOOK SALE will be a crucial part of the Bard Prep Program Fundraising efforts.  Funds raised through the BOOK SALE will go towards the Prep Program’s Scholarship Fund.

In order to make the BOOK SALE a success, we are looking for recent books and picture books in clean and good condition.
You can drop them off at the BOOK SALE table next to the Bake Sale Table, starting on November, 1 at 10 a.m.
Donated books will be on sale until the end of the first semester. Unsold books will be donated to the Kingston Library.

Thank you for being part of the Prep Division fundraising efforts. See you at the BAKE/BOOK SALE.”

Classifieds – Stone Ridge House for Sale, Practice Buddy List

  • Stone Ridge House for Sale by Prep Family – take a look at the LISTING HERE and please pass it along to anyone that might be interested.


  • Practice Buddies are Bard Conservatory Students that are available to help your child with their practice time.  We know and highly recommend these great young musicians.  Here is the Practice Buddy List.  Practice Hard Everyone!


If you are looking for or selling an instrument or any musical equipment this is your space.  Send the information to us at bardprep@bard.edu and we will post for you.